BitterSweet Pro is the result of the improved algorithms found in Flux’s acclaimed transient processor freeware, BitterSweet that has been used by hundreds of thousands of users all over the world.
One of the main features of BitterSweet Pro is the Frequency Dependent Transient algorithm that provides the ability to process only a certain part of the frequency spectrum. It makes it act like a dynamic equalizer driven by Transients and/or Sustain.
What is a Transient Designer?
A Transient Designer is in its basic form a tool to manipulate the attack and/or sustain portion of a sound source. Originally designed by Rubin Tilgner for Sound Performance Labs, it makes use of combined VCA's (voltage controlled amplifiers) and Envelope Followers to increase or decrease amplitude at the transient stage or sustain/tail. This can create some exciting application control for drums, guitars, bass, vocals, and for use in mastering. It is considered a staple and essential unit in any professional studio.
Common Applications:
Drums:
Make your drums cut through the mix, sound punchy, alive and have energy to drive a song by increasing the amplitude of their transients directly on tracks or in parallel for ease of automation in sections. Soften transients to make a kit sound more roomy, dampen Snares (and their ring) or Toms by reducing their sustain whilst using the frequency range to fine tune tone processing.
Bass/Guitar:
As a compressor can effectively extend notes by raising lower level audio, so too can BitterSweet Pro by increasing sustain. But again, what's great with this plug-in, is that you can set a frequency range to enact this process and say for example extend low-end in a Rock driven track, or in advanced use automate the frequency range for each note and sculpt the sound at the fundamental or harmonics, add excitement, beef up a guitar solo.
Room Mics:
Flavour your room mics, increase the apparent size with sustain, enhance and excite the ambience with transient attack, and virtualise reflective materials at selective frequencies.
And lots more..!

Flux’s BitterSweet v3 is an ideal option for fast transient processing with a basic, intuitive interface. It’s no doubt missing a few features, such as a split frequency option, but bear in mind this is a free product, so it’s bound to be fairly rudimentary. In this video review Pro Tools Expert team member Dan Cooper takes a look at the new BitterSweet Pro v3 by Flux:: BitterSweet Pro is a fully featured freque.

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“Turning the central button to the sweet side decreases the transients amplitude. To the bitter side, the transients amplitude is magnified. BitterSweet also features a control for processing the signal. When the main position is selected, the process affects the stereo signal. If Center is selected, only the M signal of the internal MS matrix is processed. If stereo is selected, only the S signal from the MS matrix is processed. Three transient detection modes can be selected. Varying periods of integration for transients can be accessed. A Link function is available to compensate the output gain with respect to the transient processing setting.

Like all Flux:: plug-ins, it features 64 bit floating point processing, up to 8 channels and up to 8 FS (384 KHz). Center and Stereo Modes are only available in stereo processing (2 channels).

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Signal Processing Features

  • Output Gain, controlling the gain at the end of the processing.
  • Bypass routes the incoming signal direct to the output for a true smooth transition between processed and clean signal.
  • Three different transient processing modes:
    • Main, using a regular stereo signal scheme for the processing.
    • Center, processing the Mid channel only, very efficient for snare and kick drums.
    • Stereo, processing the Side channel only, very efficient for panned rhythmic/transient instruments.

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Processing Specifications

BitterSweet, as all Flux:: plug-ins, provide

  • Up to 8 channels Input/Output.*
  • 64-bits internal floating point processing.
  • Sampling rate up to 384 kHz DXD (Pyramix DSP based).
  • Sampling rate up to 384 kHz for native (AU/RTAS/VST).

*Not when using Center and Stereo mode, as they are M/S modes requiring stereo operation.

Compatibility

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All major native formats are supported

  • Windows – XP, Vista, 7 all in both 32 and 64 bits.
    • VST (2.4)
    • RTAS*
  • Mac OS X (Intel) – 10.5, 10.6, 10.7 in 32 bits.
    • VST (2.4)
    • AU
    • RTAS*

*The RTAS version requires ProTools 8 or later.”

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